Desafinado, What's That?

Musicologist John Hale takes us back the Brazilian Jazz craze of the early 60's, when that kind of music got a lot of air-play. it was sophisticated in comparison to the Rock of the time, and hip adults loved it. -- TDR

Jazz has been described as the "mother music" of all other popular music forms, and indeed, was popular worldwide in the early part of the twentieth century. However, as the years rolled by, jazz became something of an acquired taste, and not a music genre that was popular with the masses.

It would take a Brazilian composer, and an American sax player to help make jazz popular again with music listeners. Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim is considered the most successful Brazilian composer-performer ever, and he wrote scores of songs that became popular during the height of the bossa nova movement back in the early sixties. One of those Jobim songs was Desafinado, recorded by American sax player Stan Getz, with guitarist Charlie Byrd, for the Jazz Samba album. Desafinado would go on to climb into Billboard's Hot 100 chart as a Top Twenty hit, and become the most popular jazz release since the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Take Five several years earlier.

Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz, "The Girl from Ipanema"

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